Archive for March, 2011

Apple’s iPad2 in High Demand

| March 28, 2011 8:38 am
Apple's iPad2 in High Demand

When Apple released the iPad last year I thought it would enjoy little success. I was completely wrong. Soon the iPad was selling widely and every person I talked to about their iPad had very positive feedback.

My wife really wanted to get an iPad but I decided we should wait for the second generation model, and I am glad I did. I went to the Apple store on launch day, March 11th, thinking a 2 hour wait in line would be sufficient. That was wrong because there must have been 500 people already in line, so I just left.   The next day I ordered it online and was given a 4 week delivery time.  I guess that was okay since I had never used one and was not sure how useful it would be anyway.  I decided to get the black model (it now comes in white and black) and with 64 Gb of memory, the most they offer.  I also opted for the WiFi only model since the plan is to use Anne’s iPhone4 as a hot spot when needed, avoiding yet another data plan that could only be used for the iPad.  I ordered the smart cover at the same time, which shipped right away.

I later decided to try to get one at the Apple store twelve days latter I tried again arriving 1 hour early, going to the back of a line of about 60 people.  I thought there would be no lines by now but again I was wrong.  Soon after I arrived, they were passing out tickets, starting at the front of the line. Only about one third got them.  I tried again two days latter.  Since it is a 25 mile drive from my home to the nearest Apple store,  I decided to arrive early enough this time.   Even though I arrived at 5:50 am, I was 10th in line.  Some had been there all night, in the cold and rain.  At least they had opened the doors to the mall so I was inside for my wait.  The line slowly grew over the next few hours and reached about 50 people by 8:20 when they started to pass out those “golden tickets” again.  I got a ticket this time as did about 20 people in line, which was less than half of those who had lined up.  This is TWO WEEKS after the product launch.

Some of those who did not became very angry, as if they were passing out food during a famine. One guy in particular was yelling at the Apple store employees.  I guess the iPad2 must be great to get angry over such a thing.  The ticket was only a guarantee that you would be able to buy one, but no guarantee of which model.  They opened the store at 9 am, an hour earlier than the regular schedule.  I waited another 10 minutes in line for the next sales person to help me.  “Do you have a 64 Gb, WiFi only, Black model in stock,” I asked.  They checked and found they could meet my request except only with a white model.  “That would be great”, I replied.  The fellow behind me in line had told me he wanted the 64 Gb, 3G model for AT&T.  He was being helped right after me and I heard them say they only had the 16 Gb, ATT version in stock or 32 Gb Verizion.  He wanted to buy two (the limit) and was disappointed and said he had to think about it.  So his 3 hour wait was in vain.

So what is my first impression of the iPad?  Having owned the original iPhone and later the 3Gs phone, as well as a iPhone4 for my wife, I already knew how to operate the iPad.  It was much easier to use than the iPhone and I soon discovered that iPad specific apps can be much better to use.  I am writing this entry on my iPad2, using the WordPress app.  I have done that also on the iPhone but usually only one or two sentences, never something this long.  Both my wife and myself are now using the iPad considerably, for things we used our MacBook Pros for in the past.  Maybe I should have bought two of them, like many people in line did.  I will write another blog post with more information about using the iPad2.